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H.J.Res. 1 (104th): Balanced Budget Amendment

Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

The resolution’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Joe Barton

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 27, 1995
Length: 4 pages
Jan 4, 1995
104th Congress (1995–1996)

Passed House, Failed Senate on Jun 6, 1996

After passing in the House, this resolution failed in the Senate on June 6, 1996.


177 Cosponsors (173 Republicans, 4 Democrats)



Jan 4, 1995

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Jan 11, 1995
Ordered Reported

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Jan 26, 1995
Passed House (Senate next)

The resolution was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Mar 2, 1995
Failed Senate

A vote on the resolution failed in the Senate. The resolution is now dead.

Jun 6, 1996
Failed Senate

A vote on the resolution failed in the Senate. The resolution is now dead.

H.J.Res. 1 (104th) was a joint resolution in the United States Congress.

A joint resolution is often used in the same manner as a bill. If passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and signed by the President, it becomes a law. Joint resolutions are also used to propose amendments to the Constitution.

Resolutions numbers restart every two years. That means there are other resolutions with the number H.J.Res. 1. This is the one from the 104th Congress.

This joint resolution was introduced in the 104th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 1995 to Oct 4, 1996. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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